History for the Orthodox Christian I: Abraham to Moses (High School Level)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 11AM EST
Price: $400 US
To register, call 215-987-2655.
It almost goes without saying that it is important to study history. Yet, for the Orthodox Christian, the study of history has become an ideological minefield. One can read book after book on world history or western civilization. These textbooks leave the young reader with the impression that Christianity is a tool of oppression, that the sacred history in the Old and New Testaments is more myth than fact.
In this class, we will approach the study of history from an Orthodox point of view. Indeed, Orthodoxy will be the foundation for all of our studies.
- learn how to examine historical evidence.
- learn how history can be approached from an Orthodox worldview.
- learn how to write an historical essay.
- learn how to apply historical methods to the following units:
- The Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
- Joseph in Egypt
- The Prophet Moses
- Passover and the Exodus
- God Gives the Law on Mount Sinai
- The Tabernacle
- The Forty Year Wandering of the Hebrew People
- The Entry into the Promised Land
- The Law of God, Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy (https://www.amazon.com/Law-God-Study-Home-School/dp/0884650448)
- A copy of the King James Version of the Bible
- The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome (https://www.amazon.com/History-Ancient-World-Earliest-Accounts/dp/039305974X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1629225443&sr=8-3)
The rest of the reading will be provided by the instructor.
Instructional Format: Three classes will be held each week in real-time, using the Zoom web conferencing system.
Students will be expected to participate actively in classroom discussion.
In addition, video lessons will be sent out periodically. Students will be expected to watch these lessons, completing any reading sent out with the videos. In addition, students will be expected to write essays relating to the materials that we have read and discussed.
Office Hours: In addition to the required weekly meetings, the instructors will hold “office hours” each week. Office hours will be conducted using Zoom and will be by appointment.